230: Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s unusual compassions and priceless “Phowa”

In April 7 2003, my mother was found that she got the lung cancer, and the pleural effusion of her left lung was serious. The followed medical examination confirmed her lung cancer was in terminal stage . The doctor told me: “Your mother remains life only for six months. She could not take any surgery because the cancer cell has already spread. It is recommended that she take the chemotherapy instead.” However, my family rejected this suggestion regarding chemotherapy because we would not let my mother suffering the pain from the treatment of chemotherapy. And we also knew that my mother would not recover to be healthy by the chemotherapy . My mother once said at that time: “If the disease is unable to be cured, I would not be afraid of dead. I feel that it is very hard to be a human being. I do not want to have the suffering of incarnation again. I want to be by the side of the Buddha.」As being the personnel of the nursing, I felt very despairing, terrified, and helpless when knowing that my mother suffered from the lung cancer. That was because I knew that my mother would not get the suitable assistance from the medical treatment, and the death process of the lung cancer is quick and painful. I could only pray the Buddha and Bodhisattva for easing my mother’s pain-suffering, as well as for reducing the difficulties during her facing of death. However, neither my mother’s wish nor my pray could be done. I did not know who could help us then.

Until September 23, 2003, we occasionally met Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche when I heard Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the Guru of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center of Drikung Kagyu Lineage, was always benefiting all sentient beings with Buddhism. When my mother and I met Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche the first time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told us: “I saw the left side lung was full of fish spawns.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche pointed to my mother’s left chest, and said immediately after: “many fishes complained to me about their pain . All of your family have to attend the Puja and should not eat any seafood. That was just started….” Then also said to my mother: “you ever aborted two fetus in pregnancy” My mother did not answer at first but I replied instead: “just one!” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said again: “two!” Then my mother said slowly:”but the other one did not form a body shape.” At that time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche condemns my mother harshly : “You still don’t repent!” I intuitively held my mother’s hands to kneel on the ground together with her to prostrate before Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and repent. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said: “It is not to repent before me!” I said to the mother: “Let’s repent before these two babies and all sentient beings.” At that time, I did not understand what the meaning of repentance, and how to repent. However, I with my mother naturally repented before Rinchen Dorjee RInpoche for for all sentient beings and the sins we made. And from that time on, I began to follow Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mercy guidance in the Buddhist doctrine.

On April 4, 2004, the first time my father met Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told my father:” Your liver is not good so don’t drink anymore. How old are you?” My father answered:” 65 years old.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said immediately after:”You drink enough. Enough!” At that moment, my mother and I were very pleased and surprised that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, without asking in advance, spoke of my father’s liver problem, and knew my father was dependent on the alcohol and reject giving up alcohol for a long time. From that day on, my parents started being vegetarian, and attended the Puja every week.

Starting from 5 am on May 22, 2004, my mother’s bladder had been overflowing with the urine. She had ever went to see the doctor but the problem was not improved. Until 12pm when I went home, I brought my mother to the emergency call because she still felt uncomfortable. Right before we registered in the hospital, she wanted to go to toilet. I hold her hands to remind her mediating the Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s appearance and then I was also holding the mantras of Achi Chokyi Drolma when she was in the toilet. Marvelously that, she had urinated in the toilet so that she did not register for medical treatment at that day. I said to her:” See! Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always offers his blessings to you although you don’t know this. You just believed this after suffering pain. Isn’t it silly?” Mon moved and nodded.

At July of year 2005, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led more than one hundred fifty disciples to the ancestral temple of Drikung Kagyu, Drikung Thel Temple, in Lhasa of Tibet. Because of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s compassionate blessings, my parents could take this venerable travel which is impossible for people of serious llness Generally people would be on sickbed all the time if they suffered the lung cancer disease in the way that the accumulation of water in their left side lung was serious, only their right side lung could breathe, and the cancer cells has spread to the brain and the liver of theirs. Some even could not breathe smoothly by using the oxygen or the respirator. My mother, however, still could breathe smoothly not only daily in Taiwan but also of the high elevation in Tibet, When she was in Tibet, she did not need the oxygen treatment, and did not have unwell reaction to high attitude either. These are all given by great compassions of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. In addition to my mother, there were also many people who were ill seriously, old, or infant. However, all displinces were doing well during the travel All of these are auspicious sign that Ripoche took the suffering and pain from all sentient beings

On August 19, 2005 and in the morning of November 26 mornings, my mother went to hospital to see a doctor because of convulsion, weakness and paralysis of her right upper and lower limb happened all of a sudden. Those made my mother feeling uneasy. When I was in the hospital to take care of my mother, I kept imaging and praying for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche blessings to ease my mother’s pain-suffering. I also repeatedly reminded her being firm confidence and respect to Ribpoche, and repenting for all sentient beings and the sins we made. After a short moment, her right hand and foot did not shake any more and felt much easierly although she still felt week. at that night my mother could, under some help, descend from the bed and go to the toilet. She then walk by herself without the rehabilitation treatment She could also attend the weekly Buddhist puja. These are all Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s compassion and great blessings to ease my mother‘s pain of suffering cancer.

Druing the period of being ill of my mother’s, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche constantly helped her who had run of merits in relieving her suffering and pain in such way that the suffering she was subjected to was lighter than it had to be. Without the help of medical treatment equipment, my mother could go smoothly by train between Yilan and Taipei weekly to attend teachings that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted. During this period, my mother’s unwell condition happened so many times. However, the pain and suffering could always be relieved by repated imaging and praying for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings. Being a patient of lung cancer, she still looked good. She went to exercise alone every morning, dealed with work such as cooking and laundry everyday, catched the subway and train under my father’s guidance without complains of breathing in gasps, although the lesion in her left lung remained, the titer of blood tumor marker of C.E.A was even more higher, the pulmonary edema of her left lung was serious, and she still felt painful a little. In fact, the chest x-ray of her thorax was asymmetrical at that time. It is so miraculous for a cancer patient in terminal stage that makes me deeply understand the priceless of Buddhism and the power of compassions.

On February 16, 2006, my mother was hospitalized due to shortness of breath. In the morning of February 20 around 8:00 o’clock, when I entered my mother’s bedroom, she had already had no vital signs, such as breath, heartbeat and blood pressure…etc.,. At that time the nurse was squeezing the ambu-bag, trying to maintain her last breath, and waiting for the ambulance to pick her up to go home. Because of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s compassion blessings, I was not disturbed nor in a fluster, and thought only how to relieve my mother’s suffering and how to beseech Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to help my mother with “Phowa”. I put an ambrosial pellet, the grant from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, into my mother’s mouth and said to her gentlely and firmly: “Mom! Don’t be afraid. We must contemplate the appearance of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with strong confidence, and pray for the Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings to help transferring our consciousness to the Pure Land of Amitabha”. Later on, when I touched my mother, I found she had the signs of breath and heatbeat. I then told the nursing staff at the scene. They got her pulsation, and surprised to say: “We could get her pulsation earlier, and no heartbeat either.” At that moment, I knew that it is the Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s compassion blessings and ambrosial pellets to prevent my mother from harsh sufferings on the way home when moving her body.

After returning home, my mother was arranged in the in mourning hall and she passed away at 8: 50 am in that morning.I was not with with her at that time because I was in the hospital to deal with her discharge from the hospital. When getting back home, I came to sweep loudly because that her mouth was open widely and she looked uneasy and hard. At that time, I still tried to shut my mother’s mouth although I knew it was impossible and her face has been stiff. I put another ambrosial pellet into her mouth and repeatedly contemplated the appearance of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and prayed for the Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings. After my mother died, my family always followed the Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teaching :“ do not move the body, do not make any noise, and keep holding the Brilliant Mantra of Six Words” During the first 8 hours, I constantly contemplated the appearance of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche besought Riponche’s help with “Phowa”. Meanwhile I constantly reminded her by her ear of not being afraid and praying for Rinchen Dorjee Rinponche’s help with strong confidence. At the same time, I recalled the Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teaching regarding the important affairs of life and death.: “As long as the dependents of the death believe Amitabha and sincerely pray and then impress Riponche and Buddha. Riponche wiould help the death with “Phowa”. I was with tears continuously praying for Riponche who was in the retreat in India for benefit sentient beings. I prayed for Riponche to help my mother as well as the sentient being that were hurt by our family. I strongly believed that only the most venerable Guru like Richen Dorjee Rinpoche knew my Mother’s suffering and could help her.

After the first 8 hours, all our family witness the significant changes on my mother’s face. Her mouth was closed, her face showed smiling mood, the corners of her mouth were up slightly, her thin cheek became plump, her face was clean and white. Moreover, her forehead and face was cold, but the crown of her head was warm. When my sister and me cleaned her body up, we found that her body, limbs and joints were soft. What more miraculous is that her body remained warm after more than eight hours. All of there are the auspicious signs of the perfect completion of “Phowa” puja by Rinchen Dorjee RInpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ever said: “If the dead’s consciousness is transferred to the Pure Land of Amitabha, he would be full of gladness and his dependents would not feel sad for the mourning.” At first when my mother passed away, we felt sorrow and helpless because we could not report to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the death of my mother. However, 8 hours later when we saw the changes on her body and face, all of my family felt joyful and were glad to know my mother is in the Pure Land of Amitabha where there is no more suffering of incarnation.We all said to my mother that: ” Mom, you are very blessed to grant the Phowa by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.You would learn Buddhism steadfastly.”

I am heartly grateful that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche offered his merits and blessings so to help my mother having sufficient merit and virtues in her limited life, and helped my mother with Phowa so that she could be in the Pure Land of Amitabha and would not have the suffering of the incarnation any more.

I am heartly grateful that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche constantly help all sentient beings having enough merit and virtues to be free of the sufferings of incarnation and to be with invariant delights

I am heartly grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s limitless blessings and merciful power to all sentient beings. I vow that I would offer my” body, speech, and mind” and my “body, health, life” to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. I vow that I would always follow Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to learn Buddhism with my life. Amitabha!

Chen Su-Zhen, disciple of GLorious Jewel Buddhist Center

Updated on February 2, 2009